We don’t have the blues. I learned the blues

Paquito D'Rivera

“The manner in which the black populations developed in America and how they developed in the Caribbean are totally different. The black music of America developed in a very bluesy way, a very sad way; the music of the Caribbean, there is more happiness in that. The blues is something that doesn’t exist in our culture. There is no such thing as a Latin version of a Negro spiritual, for example, in the Caribbean. You can find in the Indian music of the Andes for example, that type of sad feeling. We don’t have the blues—I learned the blues”.

- Paquito D’Rivera para JazzTimes

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One Response to “We don’t have the blues. I learned the blues”

  1. Jazz Site says:

    This is very true about the development of the blues in America compared to the Carribean. They are different cultures but share African roots.

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